The Fundación Pro Unidad de Cuidado Paliativo works to improve the quality of life of children and young people undergoing treatment in various medical centers in Costa Rica.
The project, with Fundación MAPFRE's support, offers educational support, nutrition and healthcare along with help with social skills to 1,500 patients a year.
The goal of this program is to develop better care for children and young people with serious diseases who are living through difficult circumstances or have a terminal illness.
The beneficiaries have a deterioration of motor skills, posture and movement, around 25% require oxygen at home for lung conditions related to their disease, some of them have a tracheotomy and others are on ventilators.
They are provided with a respiratory therapist who help them and their families through direct care and in educating the patient, the families and their healthcare team.
The Fundación Pro Unidad de Cuidado Paliativo began working in 1992 to alleviate patients' pain when there is no known cure due to the nature of the disease, and therefore they rely on comprehensive palliative care.